Rodman issues an apology statement, confesses he had been drinking. Shocker.
(CNN) -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized
Thursday for his much-criticized outburst about an American citizen
imprisoned in North Korea, saying he was stressed out and had been
drinking when he made the remarks on CNN.
In an exclusive interview
Tuesday with Chris Cuomo of CNN's "New Day," Rodman provoked outrage by
appearing to suggest that Kenneth Bae, who has been held in North Korea
since 2012, may have done something to deserve his sentence of 15 years
of hard labor.
"I want to first
apologize to Kenneth Bae's family," Rodman, 52, said Thursday in a
statement released by his publicist Jules Feiler. "I want to apologize
to my teammates and my management team. I also want to apologize to
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Bae's family had said they were shocked by Rodman's comments about the captive American.
"He was in a position to
do some good and to help advocate for Kenneth," Bae's sister, Terri
Chung, said Tuesday. "He refused to do so. But then instead he has
chosen to hurl these outrageous accusations against Kenneth. He clearly
doesn't know anything about Kenneth, about his case. And so we were
appalled by that."
"I embarrassed a lot of
people," said Rodman, who traveled to North Korea with other former NBA
players for a basketball game against a North Korean team. "I'm very
sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political
statements. I'm truly sorry."
"Some of my teammates
were leaving because of pressure from their families and business
associates," he said, adding that his dream of "basketball diplomacy was
quickly falling apart."
"I had been drinking," he said. "It's not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed."
Edited by Tbaby - Jan 09 2014 at 11:59am